Fact: John Williams' 13th Grammy Awards win on Sunday night (12Feb17) came just four days after the film composer and music maestro celebrated his 85th birthday. Williams was honoured with the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media honour at the Grammys for his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Quote: "I'm deeply honoured and grateful to the Academy for this recognition. It's been a privilege and a joy to revisit the Star Wars galaxy and to work with the brilliant director J.J. Abrams on this very special film." Film composer John Williams on landing his 50th Oscar nomination on Thursday morning (14Jan16).
Fact: Composer John Williams' JURASSIC PARK THEME has shot to top of the U.S. classical music charts 22 years after it debuted. The instrumental, which Williams wrote to accompany Jurassic Park in 1993, was revived for new movie Jurassic World, which snagged the globe's biggest opening ever at the weekend (12-14Jun15), and now it has hit number one on Billboard's Classical Digital Songs chart.
Fact: Composer John Williams has become the Oscars' most nominated living person after scoring his 49th nod on Thursday morning (16Jan14). The maestro is up for Best Original Score for his work on The Bicycle Thief. Only movie mogul Walt Disney has more nominations that Williams, who has won an Academy Award five times.
Fact: Scores from John Williams (Lincoln), James Horner (The Amazing Spider-Man), Alexandre Desplat (Zero Dark Thirty) and Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises) have been named among the 104-strong Best Original Score contenders for the 2013 Oscars.